BARGAIN LUXURY TRAVEL - IRELAND
CLIFF HOUSE HOTEL – ARDMORE
Contemporary elegant design in a beautiful natural setting, the Cliff House Hotel set on the cliff above the small fishing village of Ardmore on the south Ireland coast, gives the impression of almost being more a part of the cliff than on it. The dark stone which forms its façade seems as if chipped and stacked from the earth. From the seaside the building almost seems to cascade down the slope, the glass windows reflecting sky and sea. The green eco-design element of grass on the roof adds to the sense of integration.
The motif is carried inside into the lobby and multiple floor levels, designed with the colors to reflect the Waterford countryside, warm and inviting with a mix of antique and earthy furnishings of sharp modernity. The Cliff House Hotel is an intimately stylish boutique 5-star hideaway on the bay of Ardmore, with views of the bay from all the rooms and balconies of the bay. The presence of Ireland’s only one Michelin star hotel-restaurant by Dutch chef Martijn Kajuiter is as much a draw as the sea views.
The sea coast of Ireland can be a temperamental companion, sparkling sun reflecting on the calm bay waters as you tee off of Ireland’s most unique golf tee, driving to the floating island green to practice your swing, or battering the seaward windows with blustery winds and salt sea spray like an ocean liner in a gale. Just outside the door, the monastery walk along the cliffs offers a close encounter with the sea coast, from the ruins of the ancient enclave of St Declan’s Well, over the grassy tops top of dramatic sea cliffs offers a lovely setting of ocean and field (see St Declans Well & Coast Walk). Halfway round the point, the haunting hulk of a barge crane which broke away in stormy seas and crashed permanently ashore gives testament to the moods of the ocean where the Celtic Sea meets the Atlantic. In late season months the hotel even offers special storm watching packages to enjoy nature’s fury from the warm comfort of the inviting Cliff House Bar or infinity pool and spa. In balmy spring, summer and fall this is one of the sunniest spots in Ireland.
Inside the comfortable warmth of the hotel is complimented by glass open to the sea on every level. Play chess, relax in the library. Stone lined walls lead to the thirty nne bedrooms which feature Irish cottage doors, original Irish art, cascading faucets and stony nooks completing the sense of integration with the setting. The Cliff House Hotel's deluxe suites are set on two levels, featuring commissioned art and individually styled designs. The suites have bathrooms which edge onto a private veranda with glass roofs open to the sky to shower under the moon and stars.
Well Spa at the Cliff House Hotel, which takes its name inspiration
waters of St Declan’s hermitage is on the lower floor, featuring
an indoor infinity pool, sauna,
room, outdoor deck Jacuzzi looking out over the sea,
fully-equipped gym and a variety of rejuvenative treatments for
every possible care. Even the gym treadmills allow
you to contemplate the ocean while distracted from the daily grind.
Cedar steps lead down to a natural rock pool at the bay shore for
dip in the sea.
The little former fishing village of Ardmore is a short stroll down the hill and the Monastery walk leads to the monastery of St Declan with its facsinating tower and ancient abbey of St Declan. Nearby is the historic resort sea harbor village of Youghal and the home of Waterford Crystal. © Bargain Luxury Travel
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